# The Physics Ramble

Mistakes Our Mandatory

## Thursday, September 29, 2016

## Wednesday, September 21, 2016

## Thursday, September 15, 2016

### Essential Understandings for the First Two Units

Here are the Essential Understandings for the first two units we've studied in physics.

For the Lab and Data Analysis unit, most students have demonstrated mastery of 1.3 and 1.4, therefore those understandings are not likely to show up on a whole class quiz again. Most students are still developing their understanding of 1.1 and 1.2, so those will likely show up again on future quizzes. 1.5 will be continuously assessed throughout the trimester.

Unit 1 -Lab and Data
Analysis

1.1 Graph
Analysis – Equation

I can
find the equation of a linear function without the aid of a graphing program.

1.2 Graph
Analysis – Variable

I can
solve for the independent or dependent variable in a linear function.

1.3 Graph
Units

I can
find the units of the slope and vertical intercept for a linear relationship.

1.4 Physical
Meaning

I can
interpret the physical meaning of a linear equation (slope, vertical intercept,
independent variable, dependent variable, etc) in a clear jargon-free sentence.

1.5 Units

I can
assign the proper unit and correctly convert units.

For our second unit, we are still just beginning our study of most of these understandings, so they will make up the bulk of the quizzes for the next few weeks.

Unit 2 - Constant Velocity Particle Model

2.1 Break
The Model

I can
determine situations in which CVPM clearly applies, and situations in which it
clearly does not apply.

2.2 Position
Graph - Analysis

Given a
position graph, I can sketch a velocity graph, motion map, and describe the
motion in words.

2.3 Position
Graph - Velocity

I can find
the velocity of an object using the position vs time graph.

2.4 Average
Velocity Versus Average Speed

I can distinguish
the difference between velocity and speed and calculate both on a position vs
time graph.

2.5 Velocity
Graph - Displacement

I can
determine the displacement (change in position) for an object using the
velocity vs time graph.

2.6 Velocity
Graph - Analysis

Given a
velocity graph, I can sketch a position graph, motion map, and describe the
motion in words.

2.7 Motion
Map - Analysis

Given a
motion map, I can sketch a velocity graph, position graph, and describe the
motion in words.

2.8 Word
Problems

I can
solve word problems using the constant velocity particle model.

2.9 Distance
Versus Displacement

I can
distinguish the different between distance and displacement and calculate both
on a velocity graph and/or a position graph.

## Tuesday, September 13, 2016

## Friday, September 9, 2016

### Online games to build your graphing intuition!

These online games can be used to help buff up your understanding of graphs of motion!

Super Ultimate Graphing Challenge (Click on "Graph Game")

Waker

Also, if your reasoning score was less than a 7/13, it might be a good idea to give this game a whirl. The password was given in class, and you should try to get through the first couple of levels over the next couple of weeks.

Kickbox

Super Ultimate Graphing Challenge (Click on "Graph Game")

Waker

Also, if your reasoning score was less than a 7/13, it might be a good idea to give this game a whirl. The password was given in class, and you should try to get through the first couple of levels over the next couple of weeks.

Kickbox

## Thursday, September 1, 2016

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